Can a Christian Do That?
I think pretty much everyone agrees with me that the Church of Jesus Christ is made up of individuals at every possible level of spirituality. Some are aware of the freedom and liberty they enjoy in Jesus Christ and they live accordingly, led by the Spirit of God. There are others who live under legalism, operating by a list of dos and don'ts, and sometimes their list is longer than God's list. If that were the end of it, we would have no problem, but those who live on the far end of liberty in Christ are constantly being judged by those on the opposite end of the spectrum who live by a stricter standard, and vice versa. It's been said that one group flouts and one group flaunts; one group is called liberal and compromisers and the other is called legalistic and judgmental. In our text for today, the apostle Paul seeks to strike a balance for believers, and that's what we're looking at today.